Jackson was progressing toward a starting spot on the Redskins defense. He missed much of the offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery, and he missed the start of training camp due to a calf strain. He started the preseason game against Indianapolis last Saturday, though, and was active around the line of scrimmage.
Hightower’s attempted comeback from left knee ACL reconstruction surgery fell short. His knee became sore after he played against Indianapolis last Saturday, and the Redskins moved on with three tailbacks: Evan Royster, Roy Helu Jr. and sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris.
Two offensive linemen who made the team last September did not survive this year’s final cuts. Tackle Willie Smith and interior lineman Erik Cook were waived. Smith is a strong candidate to be signed to the practice squad Saturday.
Second-year guard/tackle Maurice Hurt made the team after failing to survive final cuts his rookie year. Tackle Jordan Black, whom the Redskins plucked from near retirement during training camp, also made it.
Tackle Tom Compton, a sixth-round pick, was the only 2012 draft pick that did not make the team.
The roster as of 9 p.m. Friday was as follows:
QUARTERBACKS (3): Robert Griffin III*, Rex Grossman, Kirk Cousins
RUNNING BACKS (4): Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster, Alfred Morris, Darrel Young
TIGHT ENDS (3): Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Maurice Hurt, Jordan Black, Josh LeRibeus*, Adam Gettis*
DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston
INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): London Fletcher, Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander, Keenan Robinson*
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Chris WilsonView Entire Story
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